Ben Bergman Senior Reporter, Southern California Economy
Ben Bergman is KPCC's Senior Reporter on the Southern California Economy, the 16th largest economy in the world.
He’s also a frequent contributor to NPR and Marketplace, and is a regular fill-in host on Southern California Public Radio’s daily two-hour newsmagazine, Take Two.
Bergman has reported extensively on L.A.’s housing affordability problem, the city’s consideration of a higher minimum wage, the NFL’s possible return to the area, and the cable dispute that has kept most of Southern California unable to see games on TV.
He was previously KPCC's Orange County Reporter, where he covered the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the Christopher Dorner manhunt.
Before joining KPCC in 2012, Bergman was a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition, both in Washington D.C., and at NPR West in Culver City.
He has been a producer for some of the most recognizable voices in radio — Renee Montagne, Steve Inskeep, Susan Stamberg, and Linda Wertheimer. He has produced interviews with everyone from The Dalai Lama (three times) to Ben Stiller to Ben Affleck. Bergman was also the Morning Edition anchor at Aspen Public Radio in Colorado.
Bergman has also written for "Time Magazine" and "The New York Times" and was a reporting intern at "The Times."
Originally from Seattle, Bergman graduated cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in politics.
In his free time, Bergman enjoys tennis, fitness, skiing, travelling to new places, and cheering on The Seattle Seahawks.
Bergman is based at NPR West in Culver City.
Stories by Ben Bergman
“It’s USC football," said one former player. "It’s supposed to be honorable in that locker room. I didn’t think you could put a price on that.”
Uber claims to have been responsible for a dramatic decline in DUI arrests, but police are skeptical the drop is the result of ridesharing.
The Rent Control Board says without the increase it faces a $36,000 deficit next fiscal year, which would balloon to $150,000, then close to half a million dollars.
A Time Warner executive doubts the company will make deals with pay-TV providers to carry the Dodgers channel this season, meaning most of L.A. won't be able to see games.
The lucrative business model of ridesharing companies could begin to change if the California Public Utilities Commission approves a set of new regulations Thursday.
Housing is unaffordable for almost half of L.A.-area households, the highest percentage of any major city in the country, according to a new report.
Bulger's rent was criminally low for a Santa Monica two-bedroom on a leafy street two blocks from the ocean, just $1,145 a month. Now the same place is going for $2,972 a month.
Organizers are expecting up to 500 Uber drivers – supported by Teamsters Local 986 – to hold a demonstration Tuesday morning at the Uber offices in Santa Monica.
Uber's steep discounting points out a vulnerability for the company. What is it really selling that couldn't be duplicated by an even lower-cost competitor?
The Kings have never been near the top of the list of LA’s most popular sports teams, but with their second Stanley Cup championship, could that change?
“It’s like a Disney dream movie come true," said Eric Jin, who celebrated outside Staples Center. "I’m happy and I’m on cloud nine.” See a map of the parade route here.
The CPUC is threatening to revoke ridesharing companies' authority to operate in California if they continue to operate illegally at airports.
In the second part of KPCC's ongoing series on high rents in L.A., reporter Ben Bergman looks at why there are so few affordable places to live here.
It appears Orange County Register publisher Aaron Kushner was either not aware of the financial troubles at his company, or more likely, was being less than candid.
Uber and Lyft could be seen as competitors, but Car2Go prefers to view them as complimentary; Together, they all make it much easier for drivers to ditch their cars.